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Dalton GA Motor Vehicle Accidents Law Blog

Georgia worker suffers critical injuries after car accident

Those who are employed in road construction work often face harsh conditions and serious hazards. One of the greatest risks that these workers encounter on a daily basis is the chance of being injured in a car accident. One Georgia worker recently suffered serious injuries after a crash.

According to the report, the accident occurred along Interstate 85 in the pre-dawn hours of a Friday morning. Though the details are unknown, police reported that the victim, who was wearing reflective gear, was attempting to remove construction barriers in order to reopen a travel lane. As he was doing so, an oncoming vehicle struck him.

A serious car accident can result in lasting personal injury

Ask anyone who has been involved in a serious car accident about their experience, and one may learn about one or more physical consequences that he or she endured. According to medical providers, there are several common types of personal injury that an accident victim may suffer. Georgia residents who have suffered these injuries are often also forced to struggle with monetary damages that accompany these types of frightening events.

Though every collision is unique, there are five common types of injuries that a victim in a moderate to serious crash may experience. One of the most common injuries is whiplash, which is caused by the sudden and unexpected movement of the neck in either a forward or sideways motion. This causes damage to the ligaments and other soft tissues in this critical region. This type of injury may heal with proper supportive care, though it can also cause lingering pain and suffering. Another common injury is broken bones, which may be a simple fracture that can heal with careful casting, or can include a serious compound or multiple fractures that require surgical intervention.

Groups say exemption to law means increased truck accident risk

On Dec. 18, 2018, a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration rule that all commercial tractor-trailers were to be outfitted with an Electronic Logging Device (ELD) took effect. However, before that occurred, several motor carriers requested an exemption from having to comply with the requirement. The stated goals of having ELDs installed is to reduce the risk of a truck accident due to driver fatigue and prevent the falsifying of the old paper log books, referred to as 'comic' books. The hope is for increased safety of fellow motorists across the country, including here in Georgia.

Recently, the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) asked for a 60-month exemption in order to prevent smaller trucking companies going to great expense to install devices that may not meet industry standards. In addition, it requested that this time period be used to conduct thorough testing of these devices in order to ensure that they conform to a set standard and that they are safe from tampering. In direct opposition to this request, two groups say that any exemption would effectively make the rule null and void as any trucking company could then claim that it should be exempt.

Serious bus accidents can cause devastating losses

Parents of school-aged children have many concerns when it comes to raising their children. Thoughts of the possibilities of serious bus accidents probably never factor into the multiple worries parents have when their children are away at school. Sadly, one Georgia family will never be the same after one such tragedy.

According to the police reports, the bus that was transporting approximately 39 students was traveling along its assigned afternoon route when the wreck occurred. For reasons that are still unclear, the driver was unable to successfully negotiate the steep curve in the road, and the bus traveled off the side of the roadway and toppled onto its side. During the accident, a 6-year-old child was somehow thrown from the vehicle.

Driver indicted on charges in connection with fatal accident

In the wake of a serious vehicle crash, it may take months before officials complete their investigations and decide whether criminal charges are appropriate. In a fatal accident, the at-fault driver could face manslaughter or even homicide charges, depending on the particular facts of the case. Recently, a Georgia grand jury returned an indictment against the driver of a construction vehicle.

The fatal collision occurred on the GA. 140 near the intersection with U.S. 27 in June 2017. The 36-year-old driver of a commercial dump truck crashed into a passenger vehicle operated by a 49-year-old man. The truck driver apparently continued along the road about 75 yards before winding up in a ditch on the side of the highway. The driver of the passenger car was killed.

80-year-old woman victim of fatal accident

Those who have reached a certain age often have extensive wisdom and experiences to impart to those around them. Unfortunately, that wisdom and experience may not be able to protect those who are caught up in a fatal accident. One recent wreck left a Georgia family grieving their loss.

According to the preliminary reports, the collision occurred in the evening hours in early January. Officials were called out to the scene of a two-vehicle accident. Though there were few details at the time of the crash, there was no indication that more than the two drivers were involved.

Amtrak under fire for safety after multiple train accidents

Recently, Georgia train commuters likely heard the news of a serious derailment accident that killed three people and injured dozens more. This latest wreck follows a series of train accidents that the National Transportation Safety Board has blamed on the seemingly indifference to safety that is purportedly prevalent throughout Amtrak's organization. The federal agency has taken the company to task over the number of crashes that may have been avoided if safety measures were implemented and enforced.

The NTSB has made several recommendations after two fatal wrecks in the past few years. Amtrak states that it is taking proactive measures to ensure that railway travel is safe for its passengers and workers as well as for the surrounding communities. It recently hired a former airline executive who has been tasked with reforming the company's policies and protocols regarding safety.

Woman faces charges re serious motorcycle crash

Regardless of the time of year, many Georgia residents indulge in their passion for motorcycles. As a result, area motorists must remain vigilant in an effort to prevent causing a motorcycle crash. Unfortunately, even a veteran rider can suffer serious injuries when another motorist fails to exercise caution.

Georgia law enforcement authorities in Savannah are conducting an investigation into a serious wreck that resulted in one man suffering undisclosed injuries. According to the preliminary reports, a 47-year-old woman was traveling in the north side traffic lane of a local road as she approached the on-ramp to Interstate 516. She then attempted to make a left-hand turn onto the ramp's entrance that purportedly brought her into the path of an oncoming motorcycle.

Motorcycle accident leads to 1 injury, 1 DUI charge

A car crash involving a motorcycle recently led to the motorcyclist's injury in Georgia. The motorcycle accident occurred on a Sunday night. It took place along a road at Interstate 516.

According to police, a 47-year-old woman was going north along the road and was approaching the interstate. However, at around 8 p.m., she tried to get onto the interstate on-ramp heading north. At the same time, a 53-year-old man was going south along the road on a motorcycle.

Brain injury may result from negligent driver

Each year, nearly two million deaths and hospital visits related to head trauma occur in the United States, including in Georgia. Unfortunately, these injuries can have long-term consequences for their victims. Brain injury comes in many forms and can easily result from a car accident caused by driver negligence.

One type of brain injury is an open one. With this type of injury, the skull is fractured. Meanwhile, a closed injury involves no fracture. However, closed injuries can be more severe than open ones because of the victim's potential to form deadly blood clots in the skull as well as experience brain swelling.

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